As you’ve grown up, you’ve heard how good for you fruits and veggies are. And while vegetables are still considered to be the ultimate health food, fruit has become scrutinized by many people in the past few years because of how much sugar fruit contains.
Who’s to blame for this? It may be due to the low-carb dieters who think that any food with sugar or carbs automatically means it’s bad for you. However, fruits are one of the healthiest foods you could eat, and make a great dessert. So in this article, we’re here to bring fruit back to being healthy.
Is Fruit Nothing But Sugar?
Many fruit haters will say that fruit is nothing but sugar. If you know anything about nutrition, you can easily debunk this. Fruit contains fiber, minerals, vitamins, water, and phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that have many health benefits. Best of all, fruit is usually under 100 calories for a serving.
There is some truth to fruit being sugary, however. Fruit contains sugars naturally found in it, and the calories from fruit do come from carbs, which come from the fructose, or natural sugar, within the fruit. This doesn’t apply to just fruit, though. All foods derived from plants contain carbs, but the carbs come from other sources such as starches and fiber-rich cellulose. But no one ever complains about the carbs in veggies. Weird, huh?
You need to look at how much carbs and sugar you’re eating, and also consider where the carbs you eat come from. There are two kinds of carbs, simple and complex. Complex carbs are found in fruits, grains, and vegetables, and give you energy. Simple carbs are found in products with sugar added to them, such as ketchup, soda, and chocolate bars. They give you nothing but empty calories, and should be used sparingly.
Not only that, but fruit isn’t that sugary. A normal orange will give you about 12 grams of sugar, and a cup of fresh strawberries contains seven grams. Neither of these have that much sugar, but do have plenty of vitamins, potassium, folic acid, antioxidants, and fiber. Not only that, they all contain under 100 calories. This is just a small chunk in your daily diet.
Meanwhile, a can of soda can contain up to 200 calories per can, and have five times as much sugar as any serving of fruit. Does soda contain all the healthiness of fruit? You bet not. Instead, it’s nothing but syrupy water. It’s good for an occasional treat, but if you’re drinking it daily, there’s something wrong with you.
The point is that fruits are good for you, and you shouldn’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, energy, and so much more, and they’re low in calories. They also make a great dessert, much healthier for you than a cake or some ice cream. Plus, fruit is delicious. So what do you have to lose when you eat fruit? Nothing. Instead, you’ll have so much to gain it isn’t funny.